Seven days of semester break last week. Khalish's first as a year one student. Naturally, he looked forward to being free from schedules. Lego, story books, Plants vs. Zombies, game reviews, CBeebies, experiments, playground, and sketch pad galore. I let him be. Partly because a child is supposed to have fun, partly because I was occupied with other commitments.
My only concern was the boy's lack of socialising. That was when I received an e-mail forwarded by Kamal. Hey, art programme, registered.
That Thursday, Khalish and I reached Suria KLCC as early as 10:00 a.m. The boy was excited at the sight of Galeri Petronas. At the library, he even joined the other participants as though they had been friends for ages, surprise surprise. Another surprise was my clinginess. I almost asked the facilitators, "may I be here all day long as an extra facilitator?" At that moment, Khalish waved at me, indicating that, firstly, I should proceed with my own activities, and secondly, he was fine. So, instead of the initial question, I asked the facilitators "may I photograph my son during lunch hour, and afterward, at the the end of the program?"
That clinginess ended there though. As soon as I walked out of the library, a realisation hit. Me time!
MAESTRO and Earthworks exhibitions still captivated me even after three visits. Alone, I was able to appreciate each masterpiece. The mommy within me thought of Khalish though. For his art to be displayed there one fine day.
After a walk around the mall, I settled into a spot at Kinokuniya. While browsing through pages at that particular section, I wished to be a millionaire so that I could build a library as vast as the store with books and stationeries as varied as the collection there. As the crowd at the section grew, I moved to the upper level, where there were more artistic elements.
Since the art programme provided lunch for the participants, I dined by myself. To me, the best place to do so is always O'Coffee Club, Kinokuniya. Back at Galeri Petronas, Khalish and his new friends relaxed at the library before the next session.
About the art programme. For only RM35, each child was exposed to three creative sessions. Free flow of materials as a bonus. With extraordinary works by extraordinary artists around the children, how could they not be inspired?
Most importantly, Kamal and I would love Khalish to meet more people. Seeing others' imagination on papers, the boy felt encouraged to freely express his ideas. Too far from the box at times, heh. Thank God for passionate facilitators.
At the end of the day, Khalish asked Kamal and I, "what is the next art programme?" He added, "a programme with a lot of friends, please." One that involves the parents as well, perhaps.